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StarSeries & i-League Season 8 Review

Evil Geniuses are your StarSeries & i-League Champions after defeating fnatic in Belek, Turkey.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
31st Oct, 2019·☕️ 5 min read
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Evil Geniuses are your StarSeries & i-League Champions after defeating fnatic in Belek, Turkey.

Tournament Winner: Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses
Record: 15 / 0 / 4
Most Played Map: Inferno (66.7%)
Best Map: Nuke (100%)
Worst Map: Inferno (66.7%)

Evil Geniuses adds yet another trophy to their cabinet with a win in Turkey. Their only loss came at the hands of NiP in the early group stages, a team that they have surprisingly struggled with historically. However, they got their revenge on the Swedes in the latter stages of the tournament, which saw EG move to the upper bracket in the playoffs. It was all wins from there on, as EG defeated Renegades and fnatic to move on to the grand final. The fnatic side proved to be a hard nut to crack, and the two would square off once again in the final after fnatic defeated FURIA in the lower bracket. The Swedes went off to a flying start, dominating EG in the early rounds of Dust2. Things looked grim for EG, as fnatic had amassed a lead of 9–0, much due to early picks from JW and KRIMZ in mid. However, EG were able to make an outstanding comeback, ending the half on a more respectable 10–5 scoreline. The Swedes truly struggled on their CT side and were only able to pick up two rounds before EG closed out Dust2 with a score of 16–12. fnatic’s map pick was Mirage, and it proved to be the last map of the series, as EG went on to win in rather convincing fashion after stellar performances from Brehze and CeRq in particular.

This was EG’s second trophy under their new organization, having previously represented NRG. A fun anecdote is that tarik of EG is an American of Turkish descent. With this win, he has now won titles in both countries for EG.

Featured Match: Evil Geniuses vs Heroic (Group Stage)

EG found themselves at the brink of elimination after losing to NiP in the second match of Group B. An unlikely opponent stood in their way if they wanted to keep their title dreams alive; Heroic. The Danish side had looked promising in recent times after having picked up cadiaN in place of blameF earlier in the month. Despite this, the general consensus was that EG would brush them aside. Instead, we got ourselves an action-packed first map that Heroic ultimately took down in overtime to put EG against the ropes. The match was full of clutch plays and multi-kills, but the story of the match was more about the trash talk and yelling that went on between the two sides. The likes of cadiaN and tarik really went at each other which rolled back the years to a time when this type of trash talk used to be more common. Ultimately, EG managed to turn things around after winning Nuke and Overpass to close out the series 2–1. The win seemed to put wind in the sails of EG who proceeded to make a flawless run all the way to the upper-bracket final.

Featured Player: Ethan

Ethan
Team: Evil Geniuses
K/D Ratio: 1.24
Headshot Percentage: 47.8%
Assists / Round: 0.15

We have grown accustomed to seeing excellent performances from CeRq and Brehze in particular since tarik and stanislaw joined the roster. Ethan, on the other hand, has had his ups and downs since the changes were made and hasn’t really found the type of form that he had during previous iterations of the team. However, at this tournament he was excellent. Ethan posted great numbers throughout the entire stretch of the tournament. He led his team in Damage/Round at 84.6 and tied CeRq in Kills/Round at 172, all while maintaining a K/D ratio of 1.24. This was easily one of the best performances we have seen from Ethan, and it really goes to show how much firepower there is on this EG side. The win in Turkey has moved EG up to number one in HLTV’s world rankings and with Ethan playing this well, they might just have a decent shot at adding a couple of more titles to their repertoire before the year comes to a close.

Best Bet

The cream tends to rise to the top at events like this, and this one was no exception as EG won the event as the favorite at odds of 3.50. There were a few more spots to make good money, and those who read our betting preview for the event might just have taken advantage of those opportunities as both Heroic and G2 were able to pull off big upsets in groups. The biggest upset came in Heroic’s match against NaVi which paid out at odds of 5.60.